Sicily's second largest city after Palermo, Catania's main attraction is its Baroque architecture. Although sitting in the shadows of the explosive Mount Etna, the city more than holds its own. Its Roman past is shown off at its theatres, while many variants of grape are grown on Etna’s ever-changing hillside microclimates. There are even plenty of beaches for soaking up the sun.
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Why Book Student Accommodation in Catania?
Studying in Catania will give you a unique experience in one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily. Embedded between Mount Etna and the clear sea, Catania is a multifaceted city. It’s rich with art traces of the Greek and Roman culture and the starting point for Baroque routes. The city is famous for the kindness of its inhabitants and for its bright and lively nightlife. It is just the right place to combine learning and having fun.
The city is also home to The University of Catania, one of the oldest and biggest universities in south-centre of Italy and it improves its quality in the field of research and internationalisation day by day. The university offers more English language courses each semester and enlarges the agreements with other countries in education.
Universities in Catania
Casita has 6 accommodation options within walking distance to the university.
More than 6 bus stops are close to campus; San Martino Vittorio Emanuele II is just a 3-minute walk away.
Both Tegola e Tomaia and Fontana dell'Elefante are just a 2-minute walk away from campus.
Our 6 accommodation options are all within walking distance of the academy.
More than 5 bus stops surround the campus; Umberto Aloi is just a 4-minute walk away.
The Palazzo Biscari is just a 7-minute car ride away.
Must-Visit Places in Catania
The Basilica Cattedrale Sant’Agata is a simply beautiful structure, as well as a masterpiece of Norman and Baroque architecture. Located in the centre of the old town, the cathedral can be found in the self-styled Piazza Del Duomo and is in close proximity to many of the other sights. The cathedral was originally constructed in 1078 over the ruins of a Roman Baths and has been restored many times due to earthquakes in the region. The front façade features a grey stone design with a series of ornate statues depicting religious figures and a large domed basilica sits at the back of the main aisle. Inside, there is a large amount of beautiful details such as the frescoes at the main altar, the decorative artwork and paintings, and the tomb of the notable composer Bellini.
Sicily has several fine castles that serve as remnants from the period of conquest that saw the island change hands from various different ruling factions. Ursino Castle is a relic from the 13th century that was built as part of the Kingdom of Sicily by Emperor Frederick II. Today the castle stands in remarkable condition and all four of its original towers and walls still stand without damage. Furthermore, remnants of the surrounding walls can also be seen in the castle grounds. You can walk around the castle for some photographic opportunities and you can also visit inside to see the fantastic Museo Civico which is housed within the castle walls.
As we remarked before, Catania virtually sits in the shade of the immense Mount Etna; this active stratovolcano is one of the main tourist attractions of Sicily. Mount Etna stands at a height of 3329m and is considered the tallest active volcano in Europe. The most recent eruption was in 2015 when the volcano actually discharged some lava. When you’re in Catania, you cannot pass up on the chance to climb Mount Etna and witness its gaping caldera up close. Various tour operators offer day trips to the Volcano, you can choose to hike, cycle, or even ride an ATV or a jeep. On a clear day at the top of Mount Etna, the scenery is unbelievable and you will be blessed with fantastic views of Sicily.
Catania also has many more places you can visit and enjoy their beauty. These include the Monastero dei Benedettini which is a monastery that’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Civic Museum of Catania, and The Teatro Romano that dates back to the 2nd century BC.
Transportation in Catania
Catania has a good network of buses that branches out across the city operated by AMT (Azienda Municipale Trasporti). Tickets are valid for 90 minutes and day tickets for multiple rides are also available. You can purchase tickets at tabacchi (tobacco shops), news agents, and AMT kiosks.
The city also has a very limited subway system. It only has six stations which makes it the shortest metro system in the world. The trains run every 15 to 30 minutes daily from 7 AM to 8:45 PM. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes. Metro tickets, like bus tickets, are available from newsagents and tobacco shops.
Taxis are also available in the city. Radio Taxi Catania operates a 24-hour taxi service. Taxi ranks are found at the Stazione Centrale and Piazza Duomo.
Nearby Student Accommodation In Italy
Casita offers student accommodation in other Italian cities besides having facilities for student accommodation in Catania. Some of these cities are:Florence, Bologna, Trento, and Milan.